On Monday around 15,000 American troops with 300,000 South Korean counterparts started military war games, one of the largest military exercises conducted annually in the world.
The Foal Eagle, are military drills that are conducted annually by the Republic of Korea Armed Forces and the United States Armed Forces under the auspices of the Combined Forces Command.
The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Monday, condemning the “unprecedented” exercises. “The development of the situation on the Korean peninsula and around it is causing growing concern,” adding that all parties should show restraint and be reasonable in order “to prevent the situation from slipping to the point where an uncontrolled escalation of the conflict on the peninsula may begin.”
Russia has also warned that North Korean threats to “annihilate” the US and South Korea pose a danger of creating legal grounds for international military intervention. “We consider it to be absolutely impermissible to make public statements containing threats to deliver some ‘preventive nuclear strikes’ against opponents,” and that “in this way the DPRK will become fully opposed to the international community and will create international legal grounds for using military force against itself in accordance with the right of a state to self-defense enshrined in the United Nations Charter,” continued the statement.